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Old 05-15-2013, 11:27 PM   #16
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Looking forward to hearing about it! We're big DL fans here (we actually prefer the Magic Kingdom in DL over WDW's)!
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #18
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Looking forward to hearing about it! We're big DL fans here (we actually prefer the Magic Kingdom in DL over WDW's)!
Glad you're here! I ADORE Disneyland! I too like it better than MK in WDW. I think it's the nostalgia factor, that Walt actually was there. And it's smaller, which makes it more personal to me.

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Old 05-18-2013, 03:27 AM   #19
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I'm here! I don't remember where I left off on your other TRs, but I'm here for this one! DL is on my list to visit one day!
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I'm here! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip to DisneyRand
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:58 AM   #21
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I'm in!!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip. I'm going to Disneyrand for the first time next month. Woohoo. Your dad is so adorable! -Amanda
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:14 AM   #25
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John Wayne Has an AIRPORT?!

Okay everyone, time to get started! Everyone all neat and pretty?

Day 1 - Friday April 26, 2013

All righty! So I'll break down some details of the prior few days just for continuity's sake. I'm a dork like that. I need things to make sense!

I flew into San Diego on Monday April 22nd after work. My itinerary was to work in our corporate offices on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Jason and I work together, so he decided he would fly out on Thursday and spend some of the day at the office as well with his corporate counterparts. Then he crashed with me on Thursday night at the company paid for hotel, and then Friday, we would be off!

Dad's plane was landing in Orange County Airport (otherwise known as John Wayne Airport....yes John Wayne.....has an airport. Would it not be amazing if....go with me.....the entrance signs to the airport said "Welcome Pilgrim!" I think it would be.....).

I digress. His plane was landing at 10:45am. San Diego can be 2 hours away from Santa Ana depending on where you're staying. Fortunately for us our Springhill Suites was only about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

I woke up at 7am. I didn't need to get up that early, but people.....I couldn't sleep anymore! I just wanted to get going. I was nice though and I let Jason sleep, because his travel day before had been so long. I just took my time getting all of my stuff together. My suitcase was crazy, because I had business clothes, but then I had Disney clothes. It was pretty dang full.

I texted back and forth with Mom while I was getting ready. Our conversation was pretty funny.

Me: Hi Momma. So Dad was probably like a five year old this morning, huh?

Mom: He sure was. He set 2 alarms so he would not oversleep. The flight left on time, hopefully it will arrive on time for you guys.....how was the beer?

(Clearly we know to talk about IMPORTANT things....like beer...)

The beer conversation? If anyone is ever out in Escondido, which is near San Diego, there is a restaurant called Stone Bistro and Brewery. So good.....so much beer......I love beer.

I finally woke Jason up, and then we headed down to the lobby at about 8:45am to have breakfast. I love corporate hotels and their breakfasts that are included.

We were on the road by about 9:15am. The drive was nice and straightforward. I have no pictures. Because I was driving people! My dear brother....he took some.....but I don't have them. Sorry y'all. This first part is picture light.

Dad's plane landed at 10:20am! And we were just pulling in. We got in....grabbed the Pop-adon.....and got out!

My adoration for John Wayne Airport comes from the fact that it's only 15 minutes away from Disneyland. But, we had a mission first. We were hungry. If you're hungry and in Southern California, where do you eat?

IN AND OUT BABY!

It would have been so easy. Really. If the In and Out that the GPS was directing us to was still there. I'm not kidding. We're driving. It's telling us that we're at our destination. No In and Out.

Wahhhhh. Well, my tears only lasted so long, because we just found another one on the GPS. Don't worry intrepid report readers.

We finally hit our destination. Wooooooooo. For anyone who has never been to In and Out, they have a secret menu, so if you ever plan on going, pull it up online. It's not crazy or anything, but you have to order exactly like they have it.

My order....



Mmmmm.....let's see it again!



For all you whole love my Pop's silly pictures. Here is his intro picture again. I said "you happy to be here?!"



Yup....that's what I got.

So I chastised him and said "LOOK AT THE CAMERA!"



Jason and I were excited. Clearly shown in my deer face.



Bellies full on our so healthy meal, it was time to head out. Our destination? The Grand Californian hotel!

Now, for clarification, just because the Grand Californian is designed similarly to the Wilderness Lodge in WDW, it is actually the sister hotel of the Grand Floridian.

Pretty lobby!





Check in process was quick and smooth. We were in the Brisa Courtyard. We booked with DVC points, but we were not in a DVC studio. This is because there are only so many DVC units, so they opened up other parts of the hotel for us to use on points as well. The CM was also able to get us the park tickets I had prepurchased through my work website. That was awesome! They can't do that at WDW!

Finally, we made it up to the room and we all got settled in.

One beddy beddy.



Two beddy beddy. And a Poppy Poppy.



Our view from the balcony.



Think I was excited?



It was about 2pm when we were all settled, so we were on our way!

Walking through DTD to get to the parks.



And we arrived!!!!!



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Old 05-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #27
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Personally I like your dad's wistful look in the first picture when you ask him if he's happy to be there. It's like he's staring into the horizon, imagining things to come.

Plus, the lady behind him is cracking me up in that picture!

Of COURSE you have to go to In and Out - look at that cheeseburger!!! I want to eat it right now, and I haven't had a cheeseburger in over a year!
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Plus, the lady behind him is cracking me up in that picture!

Of COURSE you have to go to In and Out - look at that cheeseburger!!! I want to eat it right now, and I haven't had a cheeseburger in over a year!
Haha. Yes, we'll call his look wistful from now on. Even though it's normally just distraction.

Good for you not having a cheeseburger in over a year! I've been strict with eating to lose weight too, but if I want a cheeseburger, within reason I eat it. I just don't eat much else during the day because it eats all my calories. Oh, except for on vacation. I didn't really care on vacation.
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Haha. Yes, we'll call his look wistful from now on. Even though it's normally just distraction.

Good for you not having a cheeseburger in over a year! I've been strict with eating to lose weight too, but if I want a cheeseburger, within reason I eat it. I just don't eat much else during the day because it eats all my calories. Oh, except for on vacation. I didn't really care on vacation.
I wasn't allowed cheeseburgers on my diet when I saw the personal trainer, and I just got used to turkey burgers instead. I can't imagine eating ground beef anymore; the smell kind of turns my stomach! But I definitely will eat turkey or chicken burgers; just had one yesterday, in fact.

As for vacation - all bets are off!
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Yeah! You've arrived and you dad is as cute as ever. Yum - I mean popa-don! Love the healthy meal! Great way to start the trip.

The hotel looks lovely. I hope I get a chance to stay there someday!

Can't wait to see what happens next!
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